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Federal Court Rules BLM Violated Law in Wyoming Wild Horse Roundup

image  Wild Horses in winter in Adobe Town (photo:  Carol Walker)


Laramie, Wyoming – March 4, 2015 – Today U.S. District Court of Wyoming Chief Judge Nancy D. Freudenthal issued an order stating that the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) violated the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) when it conducted a massive “Checkerboard Roundup” last fall, during which 1,263 wild horses were permanently removed from their homes on the range in southwestern Wyoming.  The Court remanded the NEPA violation back to the BLM to “remedy the deficiencies” while at the same time denied Plaintiffs’ claims that the BLM, in the Wyoming roundup, violated the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act and the Federal Land Policy and Management Act (FLPMA).  Plaintiff Carol Walker, Dir. of Field Documentation for Wild Horse Freedom Federation, the Cloud Foundation, AWHPC, and photographer Kimberlee Curyl contended that the BLM violated federal law by proceeding with the roundup in the absence of any environmental analysis and public participation, and by reducing the populations in the Adobe Town, Salt Wells and Divide Basin Herd Management Areas below established “Appropriate” Management Levels.  The massive roundup removed all of the wild horses from the private and public Checkerboard lands within the Adobe Town, Salt Wells Creek, and Great Divide Basin HMAs.  BLM authorized this drastic management action without analyzing any of the environmental consequences of a wild horse roundup of this magnitude, or reasonable alternatives to this action, as required by NEPA.  “We are disappointed that the court upheld BLM’s countertextural interpretation of the Wild and Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act which allows the agency to disregard its own established wild horse minimum population levels,” said William Eubanks of the public interest environmental law firm Meyer Glitzenstein & Crystal.  “However, the court vindicated our concerns with BLM’s complete failure to analyze the impacts of this action on wild horses and the natural environment, as well as the agency’s failure to engage the public before pressing forward with this ill-advised decision.”

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7 replies »

  1. Thanks to the Wild Horse Freedom Federation and its attorneys, at least the BLM is having to answer for something. Maybe its a first step in the right direction?


  2. OK, this is well and good. But what consequences are they paying? If any??? This is in real. What are laws and regulations for if no one follows? Again, we need to organize a protest on the same day at each Legislators home district. As each day passes it seems like the fight needs to be stronger.


  3. Congratulations to Carol Walker, Dir. of Field Documentation for Wild Horse Freedom Federation, the Cloud Foundation, AWHPC, and photographer Kimberlee Curyl on this bit of progress.


  4. good going guys, good job.looked at the yahoo news and it looks like dirty harry is still in charge of the senate and the saudi’s have passed the torch to obozo for the most oil production. sure wish we could go 6 yr.s and not have elected this s/o/b . he lied again too he has been selling and handing out work permits since nov 06th last year. he said it wasn’t suppose to start until march. he is making a country within a country he said so in his speech at town hall that was held feb.25th or if you care to look at it you can go to the, freedom outpost ,the article is :the betrayal papers:in plain sight :a national smoking gun. it is very telling . i hate that our wild friends got in the crosshairs of these people and i hate what is happening to them.


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